Formlabs White Paper:

When to 3D Print In House and When to Outsource

Rapid prototyping with 3D printing helps teams communicate with stakeholders and ultimately results in better end products. At a relatively low cost, product designers and engineers can show 3D printed prototypes to customers, business partners, and people across the company. Designers can receive feedback and quickly iterate designs.

While the benefits of rapid prototyping may be well understood, the current method a company uses to procure prototyped parts might be more costly than necessary or might not realize its full value. Whether you chose to outsource to a service bureau, purchase an industrial machine or invest in a desktop 3D printer, it is important to understand all of the considerations to ensure optimal cost savings and value for your rapid prototyping applications.

This white paper will help you understand what factors to consider in choosing the right option for you and your company and provide an overview of the primary 3D printing rapid prototyping methods.

You will learn:

  • When to outsource to a 3D printing service bureau or prototype in-house
  • Which 3D printing technologies are best for specific rapid prototyping applications
  • The pros and cons of desktop 3D printers and industrial 3D printers

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